Duw, Dysgwyr a Diod / God, Welsh Learners and Drinks
In a pioneering development in St Asaph Diocese, one of our candidates, Emma Dale, has helped to organise an informal monthly service especially for Welsh learners. Emma, who is an enthusiastic Welsh learner herself, says of the venture:
Duw Dysgwyr a Diod is a café church designed for Welsh Language learners. It runs on the first Sunday of the month in Gwernaffield Church Hall and is led by myself and Rev'd Canon Martin Batchelor. We seek to welcome people of all abilities, which can be challenging! We have been lucky to have first language Welsh speakers join and this has been very helpful in building confidence and knowledge.
We use a simple liturgy, sing and have lots of time for 'sgwrs'. We are aiming to build a worshipping community who are seeking to grow in their faith and language ability.
Siôn Aled Owen, Tutor in Welsh Theology at St Padarn’s, was inspired by his visit to Duw, Dysgwyr a Diod:
"This is exactly the kind of initiative we need to see throughout Wales, which brings faith and the Welsh language and culture together in a warm and fun atmosphere. I wish Duw, Dysgwyr a Diod every success and I look forward to visiting similar (but all creatively different!) ventures in other areas".